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Rhode Island Red hen?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by smithbre, Oct 6, 2015.

  1. smithbre

    smithbre Out Of The Brooder

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    I have two RIR, I was told that only the roosters get green feathers, but one (who is laying) is starting to get green on her neck and she has some dark tail feathers. One day I gave a dozen eggs to my mom, who raised chickens when she was a kid, and she told me that she broke open a egg and found a chick ( she didn't get a picture of it but said that it was a black longish blob at the end of a umbilical cord). now i have been going crazy trying to figure out what is going on. I heard about when a hens ovaries gets injured that then they can get male characteristics, but are not fertile.
     
  2. Pyxis

    Pyxis Dark Sider Premium Member

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    Are you sure she is laying? Can you post a picture? It's also possible that what your mother found was a meat spot and not an embryo.
     
  3. smithbre

    smithbre Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG] I've caught her in the nesting box a couple of times, I now have both of the rir laying and a black sexlin. I've thought it could have been meat spots but according to her and my dad it was just one big blob
     
  4. Pyxis

    Pyxis Dark Sider Premium Member

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    Looks like a hen to me. Do you only have the three birds? It could be possible you have a rooster that's not this bird. I'm still thinking it was a meat spot though - unless a hen was actively sitting on an egg for about a week or more there really shouldn't have been an embryo big enough in the egg to be as big a blob as you are describing. It takes three days of sitting before you can even see the embryo developing when you candle.

    Edit: I just saw that you have four birds and posted pictures of all of them. They are all hens. It was a meat spot :)
     
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  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted

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    That's a hen.

    no offense to your parents, but folks simply don't know what a chicken embryo looks like. We get frantic posts here all the time about cracking eggs and finding dead chicks. When we get pics, 99% of the time it's not an embryo, it's a meat spot or a blood spot. So, my experience leads me to think this is what happened. Especially if they didn't mention blood or veins--a developing chick will have a good supply of veins.
     
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Water Under the Bridge Premium Member

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  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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  8. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    I agree.
     

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